Planning your next do-it-yourself or home improvement project? Donate blood or platelets during the American Red Cross “Building a Better Blood Supply” promotion January 1 through March 31, 2013, for your chance to win a $1,000 gift card to a home improvement store. Whether you’re looking for power tools, paint or your must-have DIY supplies, the Red Cross wants to reward donors who not only do-it-yourself, they do it for others.
Winter weather and busy schedules tend to keep donors away, but the need for blood is constant. The Red Cross relies on volunteer blood donations to fulfill hospital needs. With blood drives held every week throughout Macon County there are countless opportunities for donors to help improve the lives of others and possibly improve their homes, as well.
“Donating blood only takes about an hour, but the benefits can be lifesaving for a patient in your community,” said Delisa English, chief executive officer, Carolinas Blood Services Region. “This time of year is always challenging, but we hope our dedicated donors continue to make it a priority to build a better blood supply.”
The Red Cross Carolinas Blood Services Region provides lifesaving blood to patients in 103 hospitals. Approximately 1,600 people need to give blood or platelets each week day to meet hospital demands.
Blood can be donated every 56 days. Platelets can be given every seven days, up to 24 times a year.
For more information or to schedule an appointment to donate, call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood. org.
Upcoming blood drives
— Friday, Jan. 4 - Angel Medical Center Blood Drive, 120 Riverview Street, Franklin, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call Barbara Hall at (828)369-4166 for more information or to schedule an appointment.
— Thursday, Jan. 10 - Franklin Community Blood Drive at First Baptist Church, 69 Iotla Street, Franklin, 1 to 5 p.m. Call Kathy Hook at (828)369-9559 for more information or to schedule an appointment.
— Tuesday, Jan. 29 - SCC Macon Campus-Macon Library Blood Drive, 149 Siler Farm Road, Franklin, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Call Fairley Pollock at (828)306-7017 for more information or to schedule an appointment.
— Thursday, Jan. 31 - Mountain View Intermediate School Blood Drive, 161 Clarks Chapel Road, Franklin, 2 to 6:30 p.m. Call Sandy Keener at (828)349-1325 for more information or to schedule an appointment.
How to Donate Blood
Simply call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license, or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental permission in some states), weigh at least 110 pounds and are generally in good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.
About the American Red Cross
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, visit redcross.org.